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CSPAN
Oct 9, 2012 9:00am EDT
romney's speech today is almost certain to raise this point, whether it will raise it in a way that captures the public imagination and strikes them as sensible remains to be seen, but i would say that this survey and governor rom ty's speech -- romney's speech plus developments on the ground may be the entering wedge for what i personally regard as an overdue public debate about what the united states ought to be doing vis-a-vis the syrian conflict. >> bill, thank you so much. um, let me now turn to hisham, and bill talked about the apparent polarization of u.s. public opinion on foreign policy issues. perhaps not surprising four weeks out from a campaign in which foreign policy has suddenly and surprisingly begun to play a significant role in both the campaigns. but what we see in the arab world is with the emergence of more democratic politics, polarization as well. around a number of issues that relate to the relationship, the interaction between these arab states in transition and the united states and the west more broadly. the poll result that americans seem to understand thi
CSPAN
Oct 9, 2012 12:00pm EDT
romney's foreign policy speech yesterday and the role that issue is playing in the presidential election from today's "washington journal.". >> host: editor-in-chief at foreign policy. thanks for coming in this morning. >> guest: thanks for having me. >> host: mitt romney made his foreign policy speech yesterday. did you hear anything new? >> guest: this was an important speech for mitt romney. i think the third important foreign policy speech he made of the campaign. people are paying a lot more attention now that we're in days and weeks of the election. so i think it was an important moment for him. really what he is trying to do is what challengers are always trying to do when it comes to foreign policy. he is not outlining how he would run the country, how he would project american power in the world so much as continuing to draw contrasts with barack obama. i'm reminded of that old line. campaigns are all about accentuating small differences and emphasizing the heck out of them. i think that is little bit what we saw yesterday. . . and of course there's the classic republic
CSPAN
Oct 3, 2012 7:30am EDT
, if a politician's views -- i find it, i actually found it quite shocking to see governor romney in a speech with edelson in the front row taking a position about the middle east that, to say the least, will box him in in a way that presidents don't usually want to be boxed in on foreign policy. it was a rather tight commitment that mitt romney made with a donor nodding in the front row. i was troubled by that as if he makes a commitment to end investigations against edelson. i had an argument with mine, is he more interested in destroying unions or supporting, you know, he has other priorities as well. i don't think it matters. i don't think the rules have to be that clear. the rules are you want to create a structure where elected officials are not wholly dependent on a given -- not largely dependent on a given donor. one of the principles i always use is you want them to be in a situation where if they're in office and that donor comes back and says i really want x, y, z, the elected official can say, as senator mccain famously did, get out of my office. and if you can't because
CSPAN
Oct 5, 2012 5:00pm EDT
crisis. the campaign stop he made today in virginia. even the speech will be aired tonight. also, mitt romney and his remarks, he said that a drop in the nation's unemployment rate, the 7.8%, is not what a real recovery looks like. you can see those remarks at 8:30 p.m. syrian opposition activist predicted that the saudi regime will fall by next summer. they presented the outlines of a transition plan for syria, which they say is already being used by the opposition and the area no longer under assad's control. >> good morning, ladies and gentlemen. i am jim marshall. i am pleased that everyone is here today for a very important project. it has been sponsored by the institute of peace. my job is to introduce steve heideman. he is our senior advisor for middle east initials. he is extensively published and has taught at columbia and at the civil society at georgetown university. this project is one that is driven by syrians. with assistance and other kinds of assistance from sister institutions in germany. it is important these kinds of efforts be driven by local populations. things tha
CSPAN
Oct 3, 2012 9:00am EDT
vulnerable. i wonder if they could have done more. romney should give a major speech or do this or let out his agenda. i suspect the democrats are more solid in their support of president obama but less critical at least in public. it thought were a democrat that wish to welcome the outside i would have -- maybe he should be doing a little more. he is at some risk of looking like an incumbent staggering to victory by discrediting his opponent with 50.1% of the electorate and it might work. one will discredit the other. may be less for more running room than i would have expected. if you told me what happened i would have thought the numbers would be worse for romney. >> if you give us your name and organization? >> the financial times. i am curious what the predicted dynamic would be between as governor romney is elected with paul ryan as vice president and dealing with the house and obviously you have to tell whether harry reid tells the majority leader or the minority of not having the filibuster. what does that look like? from what i am hearing on the house side doesn't seem like th
CSPAN
Oct 3, 2012 8:00pm EDT
me like if your argument is money is free speech, then we should hold people accountable for what they say. if the ceo of pepsi were to give million dollars to romney tomorrow, i wouldn't buy pepsi for the rest of the year. how are we going to hold them accountable? >> just a year? [laughter] he's not committed. >> so you to work it. >> there are sodas i cannot go without. >> other pepsi products might be okay. >> not in new york city not if they are large. >> it has to be 16 ounces. can't be anymore than that. >> what i'm saying how can we hobble them accountable when we don't know what they're saying. >> i'll take a jab at it. long story short there a groups that are organized under the tack law. the super pac committee which they call them are all those report to the fcc and they report monthly or quarterly. there are also non-profit organizations whole host of them that are organized under different part of the tax code. they are organized -- issued a have skate candidate sei organization there are private organizations that are require respect required to disclose the members
CSPAN
Oct 1, 2012 8:30pm EDT
] you made that happen. i made the same point down in florida the other day. governor romney heard me say that to you can't make change just from washington. and somehow we got all excited about this. he changed his speech and said i'm going to make change from the inside. and it got me thinking, well, what kind of inside job is he talking about? [laughter] is he talking about the inside job where outsourcers are writing the tax code? is he talking about the inside job where oil companies are writing the energy plan or health insurance companies are writing the insurance plans? is he talking about the inside job where a bunch of men in washington decide women can't make their own health care decisions? because it that the inside job that he's talking about, we don't want it. we don't need it. [cheers] [applause] change is not only going to happen when ordinary americans, it has to happen when ordinary americans work together with their elected representatives to make all of our voices heard. that is how change happens. so the question then is how hard are you willing to work for a? ho
CSPAN
Oct 4, 2012 12:00pm EDT
candidates get up and give their big speech to the country tend to be the period when the polls kind of start to get locked in which isn't a good sign for mitt romney at the moment. there can be exceptions, but since is the media narrative profession tends to overplay electoral significance, and my judgment, the value of the sort of policy explanations we get most of the time as well. >> fair and balanced is kind of a tricky question. we have run a couple things that i have edited about essentially the flood coverage of romney in particular, and there's a lot you can beat up on romney. he has not legitimately i think. he has as was talked about even by the standards of a modern politician a startling lack of specificity in his policy agenda , and he's basically unapologetic about it, and i did -- i would love to see the press beat up on him every day for that. at the same time, they're has been i think a character a logical mauney sends someone who isn't particularly sympathetic to mitt romney's agenda is that the coverage has been informed by the fact that a lot of reporters don't seem
CSPAN
Oct 4, 2012 6:00am EDT
? because it seems to me like if your argument is money is free speech, then we should hold people accountable for what they say. if the ceo of pepsi were to give $1 million to mitt romney tomorrow, i wouldn't buy pepsi for the rest of the year. so how are you going to hold it accountable? >> just one year? [laughter] >> he's not that committed. you've got to work on it. >> other pepsi products might be okay. just pepsi itself. >> not in new york city if they're really large. >> but what i'm saying is how can we hold these people accountable when we do not know what they are saying? >> long story short, this election cycle, there are a lot of different groups that organize differently under tax laws. the super pacs and independent expenditure 527 committees in all of those reported in the seat and reportedly monthly or quarterly and disclose their donors. they are also nonprofit organizations, a whole host of them, that organize under to the parts of the tax code, organized as 501(c)(4), and issue advocacy organization. they are private organizations that are not required to disclo
CSPAN
Oct 2, 2012 5:00pm EDT
five to for decision says its free speech. it's not interesting that money is free speech? said noticing this floodgates unleashed, spent hundreds of millions of dollars while the republican campaign is going on, vilifying that romney as unfavorables thereof. i can assure the unfavorables as the caveats went on. i think that may have also contributed a lot to this polarization going on. the hundreds of millions of dollars spent or 4 billion or 9 billion, 70% of it is on negative advertising on both sides. obviously that's going to have on the electorate. all i can ay is that there is polarization. so i won't go revise history, but i believe there will be major scandals, major scandals in the history of this country is corruption, reform, corruption, reform. there's going to be major scandals because there's too many billions of dollars marching around our political campaigns than i hope we will reform after that. [applause] >> the polarization you're talking about is also true if you just look at the numbers, when you all were in the house, to commit three, four -- >> right out
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